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1 Timothy 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Warnings against False Teachers
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:1 - Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:2 - These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:3 - They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:4 - Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:5 - For we know it is made acceptable[fn] by the word of God and prayer.
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:6 - If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters,[fn] Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:7 - Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:8 - “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:9 - This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:10 - This is why we work hard and continue to struggle,[fn] for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:11 - Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:12 - Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:13 - Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:14 - Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:15 - Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:16 - Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
NLT Footnotes
Greek are seared.
Or made holy.
Greek brothers.
Some manuscripts read continue to suffer.

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